Atletico Madrid fan makes legal complaint over Ramos Champions League final goal
Jose Antonio Campon, a season ticket holder at the Vicente Calderon, has filed a legal complaint on Friday for repercussions caused due to Sergio Ramos’ Champions League goal that saw Real Madrid take Atletico Madrid to extra-time.
The goal was clearly offside, and at the grandest stage of all, mistakes from officials are unacceptable. The fan believes that referee Mark Clattenburg should be held responsible for failing to rule out the Spanish centre-back's goal. Campon is demanding to be reimbursed a total of €1,660 – €160 for the ticket, and €1,500 due to 'moral repercussions'.
The 2016 Champions League final was a repeat of the 2014 edition, seeing two teams from the same city fighting it out once again at the San Siro stadium. Real Madrid were exceptional with possession and dominated most parts of the game, and in the 15th minute, Toni Kroos sent the ball right into the penalty box from a set-piece.
Chaos ensued and Sergio Ramos emerged victorious from the scramble, as he put the ball past Oblak to put Real a goal ahead. Video evidence clearly showed that Ramos was well offside, but under the current rules of the game. The goal stood.
Atletico had their chances, as Griezmann's penalty crashed off the crossbar after it was won by Fernando Torres. However, it was Yannick Carrasco who equalised for Atletico in the 79th minute. Extra-time followed, and with no team able to find the net, the match was to be decided by penalties. Juanfran went on to miss Atletico's fourth penalty, which helped the enigmatic Cristiano Ronaldo seal a historic 11th Champions League title for the Los Blancos.
"We demand the system to apply technical means that exist and are already used in other sports. These errors are always to the detriment of the weak," said the incensed Atletico fan. He is taking the European footballing authority to court for "not having done everything possible to ensure the correct regulations were carried out and to have appointed persons (Mark Clattenburg) who do not carry out what is demanded of them."
His lawyer, Carlos Méndez, believes that it is only a matter of time before video technology is implemented all over Europe. "It's going to happen, I do not know when, but it will happen. Standards can and should be improved. Look at tennis, where Hawk Eye initially had detractors and is now fully installed. If our claim is accepted, it will be applicable at European level and any spectator who is affected by a deception may claim. These technical means exist, but are not made available to football.”, he said.
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